OC Health Officials Confirm County's First Human Case of West Nile Virus

Potentially deadly form of West Nile Virus infects a Salt Lake County resident

Potentially deadly form of West Nile Virus infects a Salt Lake County resident

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has confirmed West Nile virus in four additional mosquito samples from traps in the cities of Carson, Northridge, Reseda and Signal Hill.

This follows the discovery of WNV-infected mosquito samples in Bellflower and Long Beach on July 15 and July 10, respectively.

Using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or products containing IR3535, always following label directions.

In 2018, there were 12 reported human infections of WNV and 1 WNV-related death reported in Orange County.

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Peel Public Health says a mosquito batch collected in Peel Region has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

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Although only some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, there is no way for residents to tell which mosquitoes may be infected so it is important to minimize exposure opportunities during mosquito season.

Emptying all standing water on your property to reduce areas in which mosquitoes may breed, including flower pots and pet bowls.

A Salt Lake County resident has been hospitalized with a potentially deadly form of West Nile Virus - the first known case in the county this year, according to the county health department. There is no cure for WNV. One in five persons infected with the virus will exhibit symptoms.

"Symptoms of WNV infection appear within 2 to 14 days and include fever, headache and body aches".

West Nile virus can cause mild to severe illness and many people may not even know they have been infected. "More severe infections may include high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors and muscle weakness or convulsions", the news release said.

According to Peel Public Health data, this is the second WNV-positive mosquito batch of 2019 in Peel.

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